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+44 1756 706500
Ponant Luxury and Expedition Cruises

Ponant Luxury and Expedition Cruises

Ponant offers a truly intimate cruising experience with the most exciting and diverse cruise collection on board a fleet of modern, sophisticated megayachts, ice-strengthened and designed to take you to the furthest reaches of the world in style and luxury. Ponant's innovative expedition cruises offer the opportunity to discover an array of fascinating destinations without sacrificing the luxury which is the signature of Ponant Cruises. Follow in the wake of great explorers on an expedition to the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, and discover hidden gems off the beaten track including the unspoiled Russian Far East and the mythical Northeast Passage. Tropical expedition cruises feature Central America’s Darien National Park with its amazing wildlife, the distant lands of the Kimberley and the exotic spice islands of the Indian Ocean.

The company’s twelve luxurious ships have the atmosphere of a private yacht and serve delicious French cuisine in a choice of superb restaurants. There is an Open Bar on every itinerary meaning you can enjoy unlimited complimentary drinks from the moment you step on board. On expedition cruises excursions in Zodiac dinghies with expert guides allow guests to discover the hidden treasures of little-known regions of the world with priceless encounters with ancient tribes and remote ethnic groups.

Cruise Collection 2020/ 2021/ 2022

Finding Cruises
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  • Polynesia and Easter Island National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Boreal
    Tahiti 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4230pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Papeete (Tahiti), Rangiroa (Tuamotu Islands), Rikitea (Gambier Islands), Aukena, Adamstown (Pitcairn Island), Sailing along Ducie Island, Hanga Roa (Easter Island)

    Explore Polynesia's unspoiled treasures and the wild remote islands of the South Pacific, accompanied by expert naturalists, on this tropical expedition cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

  • National Parks of Central America National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Manuel Antonio National Park 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4453pp Exclusive savings of up to 30%! Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Curu Wildlife Refuge (Costa Rica) - Tortuga Island, Manuel Antonio National Park, Cocos Island, Cebaco Island (Panama), Pacheca Island - Fuerte Amador, Darrien National Park - Jacque, Utria National Natural Park (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador)

    This unique luxury expedition cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions explores Central America, taking in an incredible five countries and an array of stunning national parks, teeming with wildlife. Includes thrilling Zodiac outings with experienced naturalist guides

  • Adventure in Patagonia

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Soleal
    Patagonia 12 Nights Cruise Only from £5450pp Exclusive savings of up to 15%! Santiago (Chile) - Talcahuano, Quemchi, Pulluche Canal, Tortel, Pie XI Glacier, El Brujo Glacier, Strait of Magellan, Agostini Glacier, Garibaldi Glacier, Cape Horn, Puerto Williams - Ushuaia (Argentina), Ushuaia - Santiago (Chile)

    Venture deep into the maze of fjords and channels set within the unspoiled national parks of the magical Chilean Fjords on this 12-night luxury expedition cruise to Patagonia. On board guests, the Editor-in-Chief of Geo Magazine and a professional photographer, will help you produce a mini-magazine souvenir of your cruise

  • Amazon River Expedition National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Dumont dUrville
    Amazon 12 Nights Cruise Only from £5490pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Cayenne (French Guiana), Mucurui (Amazon, Brazil), Aquiqui, Santarem - Alter do Chao, Parintins, Santarem, Lucia, Breves, Belem, Salvation Islands (French Guiana), Cayenne

    On this unforgettable tropical expedition cruise along the legendary Amazon River, in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, you will discover unique cultures and explore untouched rainforest which is home to an abundance of flora and fauna

  • The Best of Kamchatka National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Soleal
    Kamchatka volcanoes 14 Nights Cruise Only from £8595pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £75pp Blue Water discount! Seattle (USA) - Nome (Alaska), Chukotka (Russia), Kamchatka Peninsula, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - Seoul (South Korea)

    Explore the remote yet strikingly beautiful Russian Far East on this luxury expedition cruise to the rarely-visited volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula, in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

  • Emblematic Antarctica National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Boreal
    Adelie Penguins, Antarctica 11 Nights Cruise Only from £8995pp Save up to 20% PLUS exclusive £75pp Blue Water discount! Buenos Aires (Argentina), Buenos Aires - Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

    Cross the legendary Drake Passage to the icy realms of the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea, breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife, on this expedition cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

  • Baffin Bay Secrets National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    LAustral
    Baffin Island 13 Nights Cruise Only from £9995pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £115pp Blue Water discount! Paris (France) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland), Sisimiut, Disko Bay, Eqi Glacier, Akulleq - Karrat Fjord, Kullorsuaq, Savissivik, Pond Inlet (Canada), Icy Arm Fjord, Isabella Bay, Sam Ford Fjord, Evighedsfjorden (Greenland), Kangerlussuaq - Paris

    Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of magnificent Arctic landscapes, from the remote west coast of Greenland to Canada's Baffin Island, on this luxury expedition cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

  • Expedition to Untouched Antarctic Islands National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Commandant Charcot
    Antarctic fur seals 15 Nights Cruise Only from £14280pp Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £100pp Blue Water discount! Santiago (Chile), Santiago - Ushuaia (Argentina), Drake Passage, Detaille Island, The Gullet - Pourquoi Pas Island, Marguerite Bay, Charcot Island, Peter I Island, The Gullet, Drake Passage, Ushuaia - Santiago (Chile)

    Explore rarely-visited Antarctic islands on this unique luxury expedition cruise on board revolutionary new ice-breaker ship Le Commandant-Charcot, in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

  • Along the South African Coastline

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Lyrial
    Addo National Park 8 Nights Cruise Only from £2608pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Cape Town (South Africa), Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Durban
  • Secrets of the Adriatic

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Lyrial
    Dubrovnik, Croatia 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2949pp Exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Venice (Italy), Korcula (Croatia), Sibenik - Split, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik - Kotor (Montenegro), Hvar (Croatia), Pula - Rovinj, Venice (Italy)

About Ponant Cruises

Ponant Cruises
  • Choice of open-seating restaurants
  • Sophisticated French design and interiors
  • Carita Spa
  • Themed cruises and entertainment
  • Elegant casual wear on board
  • Unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • 12 ships
  • 'Green Ships' with Ice Classification for expedition cruising
  • Majority of cabins feature balconies
  • 24-hour room service
  • French gourmet cuisine and wine with meals
  • Open bar

Destinations

Ponant offers an excellent selection of voyages, with something to suit everyone. Explore the beautiful islands of the Caribbean with their colourful coral reefs and abundance of natural wonders or discover the sun-drenched ports of the Mediterranean which is home to some of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Uncover the rich history and culture of Asia, a captivating continent or voyage to the mighty Antarctic to admire the dramatic scenery and see the unique wildlife.

Expeditions

Ponant’s expedition cruises explore dream locations off the beaten track such as exotic islands and secret coves which are not accessible to larger cruise ships, whilst the specially-designed Ice Class ships explore remote destinations without sacrificing the luxury which is the signature of Ponant Cruises.

Ponant offers once-in-a-lifetime voyages, giving guests the opportunity to get up close to wildlife and visit remote settlements, without sacrificing comfort and luxury. These special voyages are accompanied by an experienced team of naturalist guides and include regular Zodiac excursions, allowing guests to enjoy exceptional encounters. Follow in the footsteps of great explorers on an expedition to the Arctic, home to an abundance of wildlife, from polar bears to orcas or head south to Antarctica, the White Continent, with its majestic icebergs, colonies of penguins and former whaling stations. Discover the volcanic Kamtchatka Peninsula on a unique journey to the unspoiled Russian Far East or explore the dramatic landscapes of Alaska and Eastern Siberia.

Tropical expedition cruises explore the distant lands of Tasmania and the Kimberley, one of the last wilderness frontiers of the world, and the exotic islands of the Indian Ocean. The mysterious archipelagos of Oceania, from Vanuatu to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, have been inhabited for millennia by indigenous tribes, and these warm and welcoming communities will share their way of life with you during your time ashore.

Ponant and National Geographic have joined forces on selected itineraries to offer unique and enriching expedition cruises to the world’s most intriguing destinations. A National Geographic expert and photographer join each voyage to share their knowledge and passion, enriching the expedition experience through fascinating presentations and informal discussions.

Ships

Ponant have launched a fleet of Explorer-class ships - Le Champlain (2018), Le Laperouse (2018), Le Bougainville (2019), Le Durmont D'Urville (2019), Le Bellot (2020) and Le Jaques Cartier (2020). These cutting-edge ships carry just 184 passengers and have been designed for expedition cruising in both polar and tropical waters. They feature the latest innovative technology including a multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye, where guests can enjoy a truly immersive experience. These ships also have a hydraulic platform allowing easy access into the zodiacs.

New in 2020, Le Commandant Charcot has been specially designed for the polar regions, and features hybrid propulsion to minimise its environmental impact. It carries 270 guests in 135 spacious cabins.

Le Boreal (2010), L’Austral (2011), Le Soleal (2013) and Le Lyrial (2015) are luxurious megayachts carrying up to 264 passengers in spacious cabins. Every ship has a choice of superb dining venues, a theatre for lectures and live entertainment and a fitness centre. In addition, they are Ice Class ships which means they are fully equipped to sail in Polar waters and carry Zodiacs to allow up-close encounters on expedition voyages. The company is committed to the protection of marine and coastal environments, and these latest additions to their fleet qualify for the proposed 'Green Ship' standard.

Le Ponant is a beautiful three-masted sailing ship carrying just 64 passengers. This wonderul ship offers itineraries to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Cape Verde Islands.

In line with Ponant's philosophy of discovery and enjoyment, selected cruises have lectures and activities around themes including art, literature, classical music and food and wine.

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